Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pets - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #17

This is a weekly challenge from GeneaBloggers called 52 weeks of personal genealogy history.

Week 17. Pets. Did you have any pets as a child? If so, what types and what were their names. Do you have pets now? Describe them as well. If you did not have pets, you can discuss those of neighbors or other family members.

The first pets I remember were a couple of turtles and some tropical fish in a small aquarium. We also had a really long lived goldfish named Goldfinger that my sister won in a local carnival. One day my sister and one of her friends came home carrying a cute little puppy named Sadie. Her owner was moving and said that he couldn't take her with him. She was so adorable that my parents caved in and we adopted Sadie. Her eyes were a striking golden color and she had a brown nose and white and brown coat. She was a beagle/wire-haired terrier mix. (I can hear anyone that knows a lot about dog breeds going up oh!) She was fairly quiet in her new home at first, but we soon found out she was a bundle of energy and loved to bark at any critter she saw in our backyard, especially the squirrels.

Sadie is no lady... That was something my father said often as we attempted to mold her into a well trained dog. It just wasn't happening! While we easily trained her to do tricks like shaking hands, sitting, and begging, training her to do useful things like come when you called or heel while walking proved to be much more difficult. She could do them just fine, but only when she wanted to. She definitely had a mind of her own. One day, we went out in our boat and had a picnic at a little island in the Indian River. She was in heaven and ran around exploring the island to her heart's content. When we left, she jumped overboard and swam back to the island! She loved to run and swim, so I guess that would have been her ideal home.

Sadie was barking loudly in our backyard, so we went out to see what was going on. She came over and dropped a baby rabbit at my Mom's feet! She went back and gently picked up the other babies and brought them over. We kept an eye out for the rabbits' mother, but didn't see her. We'll never know if something happened to the mother or if she was just scared off by Sadie!

My sister and I took Sadie with us one time when we went riding on a friend's horse. Sadie had never seen an animal like a horse before and didn't know if it was friend or foe. To cover her bases, she got behind me and barked loudly at the horse from between my legs. As soon as we got on the horse, she was fine with it and happily jogged along with us as we rode. Thankfully, it was a very patient horse that didn't mind a little dog running around her legs. None of us have pets now, but we sure have a lot of memories of our adventures with Sadie!

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